Judge Shelves Catcher In the Rye Knock-Off

Restraining order may be prelude to trial for Salinger, 'sequel' writer

By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User

Posted Jun 17, 2009 4:39 PM CDT

(Newser) – A federal judge today blocked the publication of a modern novel featuring the characters of The Catcher in the Rye while she weighs whether there’s a valid copyright case. Author JD Salinger, 90, sued the Swedish publisher of 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye for not seeking his permission, Reuters reports. The new novel is literary commentary, a lawyer for the publisher counters.

JD Salinger, author of The Catcher in the Rye, Nine Stories, and Franny and Zooey is shown in 1951. The author has remained out of the public eye for decades.
JD Salinger, author of "The Catcher in the Rye", "Nine Stories", and "Franny and Zooey" is shown in 1951. The author has remained out of the public eye for decades.   (AP Photo)
In the 1951 publication of The Catcher in the Rye, its main character Holden Caulfield wanders around Manhattan visiting key landmarks like Rockefeller Center.
In the 1951 publication of "The Catcher in the Rye, its main character Holden Caulfield wanders around Manhattan visiting key landmarks like Rockefeller Center.   (AP Photo)
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